Do You Need a Family Advisor?

Article from College Hockey Inc.

​Family advisors can play an important role in developing hockey players as they navigate the options presented to them both on and off the ice.

Not all players and their parents have advisors, and they are by no means required, but many of those who do find them invaluable. Good advisors can also help prospective players understand and follow NCAA rules that ensure student-athletes maintain their amateur status.

It’s important to remember that family advisors are perfectly permissible in the eyes of the NCAA – as long as advisors (and their advisees) follow some straightforward guidelines.

Once you’ve identified an advisor, there are certain guidelines families must follow to ensure that relationship doesn’t violate NCAA rules:

  1. Do not accept gifts of any kind from an advisor, including money, meals, travel expenses, equipment, etc.
  2. Do not enter into an agreement – either signed or verbally – to have an advisor represent the player as an agent in the future.
  3. Do not ask the advisor to market your son’s abilities to professional teams.
  4. Do plan to compensate the advisor for their services; failure to do so may be considered the player receiving a gift from the advisor, which would be an NCAA violation. This compensation shouldn’t be extravagant – do not expect that one advisor is more valuable simply because they charge more. You don’t always get what you pay for.
  5. Whether a family feels it needs an advisor is up to each family to decide. In the event, your family elects to work with one, follow those guidelines and you can enjoy what can be a very beneficial relationship without jeopardizing NCAA eligibility.
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